Wedding Ceremony Customs And Traditions

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue! Find out the meaning of this wedding tradition.

The tradition of "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" has been around for hundreds of years. Many brides have been asked on their respective wedding days if they have gathered something old, new, borrowed and blue to carry with them as they walk down the aisle. The tradition of carrying or wearing one of each item is said to bring luck and fortune to the newly married couple. Have you ever stopped to think what the saying really means? What is it origin and what does each item represent?

The original saying dates back to the Victoria times and states, "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a silver sixpence in your shoe."

Something old. . .

A bride may wear or carry something old to represent her continued ties to her family and her old life. Many brides wear a piece of family jewelry as their old item. Some brides wear the wedding dress worn by their mother or grandmother. In many cases, something old may also be something borrowed.

Something new. . .

Wearing something new is supposed to represent success and hope in the bride's new life and in her marriage. If the bride purchased her wedding dress new, it may represent her new item, but any item that is new may be used. Something "˜new' is usually the easiest category to fill.

Something borrowed . . .

The borrowed item should be something borrowed from a friend that is happily married. It is suggested that their happiness will rubb off on you and bring lasting happiness to your marriage. Some brides borrow an item of clothing, a piece of jewelry, a handkerchief or perhaps a beaded purse.

Something blue. . .

Wearing something blue dates back to biblical times when a blue wedding dress was worn to represent purity, fidelity and love. Over time this has changed from wearing a

blue dress to wearing just a blue band around the bottom of the bride's wedding dress to

modern times - where it is commonplace for the bride to wear a blue garter.

Silver sixpence. . .

Placing a silver sixpence in the bride's left shoe is said to be a symbol of wealth. This not only refers to financial wealth, but also a wealth of happiness and joy throughout her married life. Since most brides probably don't even know what a sixpence is - this part of the tradition is not used very often in modern times. However, if you would like to include it in your wedding, you can purchase a silver sixpence from many companies that sell bridal supplies such as garters and invitations.

Some brides are more traditional than other and may take a great deal of care in selecting one item for each category. It may be traditional for the women in their families to wear the same piece of jewelry.

Other brides aren't bound by tradition but still may choose to carry out the custom at someone else's request. If you don't want to carry numerous items, you may simply carry two handkerchiefs in a small beaded bag -- you could choose to buy a new, white handkerchief and borrow a blue one from a family member. That would provide you with something new - the white handkerchief, as well as something that is old, borrowed and blue - the blue handkerchief. The handkerchief just may come in handy during the wedding for drying your joyful tears!

Shannon Pipes of Fort Myers, Florida said she wasn't as traditional in her selection of items. "I wasn't even thinking about fulfilling the tradition of wearing something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue," she said, "but I did carry a few items to satisfy my mother. My dress was new and I borrowed an old, light blue handkerchief from my mother - so I was all set!"

For the more traditional brides, you may want to look over your parent's or grandparents wedding albums to see if there is a piece of jewelry - such as a bracelet, cameo or brooch that would be meaningful for you to wear. Jewelry is often passed on from a mother or grandmother to the other women in the family to be worn on their wedding days.

Marty Smith, of Alameda, California, says that an antique bracelet she borrowed from her grandmother filled the qualifications for an item that was old, borrowed and blue. Combined with her new wedding dress, she was all set for tradition!

Tori Dennis of Florida, says that she took a great deal of time in selecting a special item for each category of something old and something borrowed.. "My wedding dress and veil were purchased new, so they were my "˜something new' items. For something old, I borrowed a matching set of pearl earrings and a pearl necklace from my grandmother. I also borrowed an emerald bracelet from her that had been given to her by my late uncle. She had asked me if I would wear it to honor my uncle and of course, I agreed. I also borrowed a white beaded purse from my cousin. For my "˜something blue' item, I carried a blue garter in my purse. It kept sliding down my leg, so I took it off and carried it in my purse."

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